Journal article

A single-chain antibody-CD39 fusion protein targeting activated platelets protects from cardiac ischaemia/reperfusion injury

Melanie Ziegler, Jan David Hohmann, Amy Kate Searle, Meike-Kristin Abraham, Harshal H Nandurkar, Xiaowei Wang, Karlheinz Peter

European Heart Journal | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2018

Abstract

Aims: CD39 is a cell membrane NTPase with anti-inflammatory and anti-platelet effects. However, its clinical use is limited by its bleeding side effect. With the goal of harnessing its therapeutic potential while avoiding haemostatic problems, we designed a fusion protein consisting of the extracellular domain of CD39 and a single-chain antibody (Targ-CD39) that specifically binds to activated glycoprotein (GP)IIb/IIIa and thus to activated platelets. Through this enrichment at activated platelets, the required systemic dose is below the dose impairing haemostasis. Methods and results: Using an ischaemia/reperfusion mouse model (left anterior descending artery ligated for 1 h) we achieved re..

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